LSU falls short in 72-67 loss to No. 10 Tennessee

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 12:56 am •  Published: February 28, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jeanne Kenney didn't sound like a player on a team stuck in a five-game slide.

She was too impressed by the way LSU climbed out of a 21-point halftime hole against No. 10 Tennessee before finally succumbing to its old Southeastern Conference nemesis.

Kenny scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half, including two 3-pointers and the tying free throws during a late 10-0 run before Tennessee regrouped to pull out a 72-67 victory on Thursday night. The defeat left the Lady Tigers in the midst of the program's longest losing streak in 19 years.

"We came together and that's something I haven't seen in a very long time, and I was very proud of how we did come back," Kenney said. "I couldn't ask for better teammates for this game."

Meighan Simmons led Tennessee with 31 points, including a clutch 3 in the final minute.

"That's her," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. "She's a gutsy kid ... and she makes big plays for us."

Simmons hit five 3s in all and also made a couple of free throws to help seal the victory for the Lady Vols (23-5, 12-2 SEC), who won for the ninth time in 10 games.

"The coaches just told us to attack and I really wasn't thinking anything. I was just thinking about scoring," Simmons said. "They were big shots, but I think the coaches for just being confident in me."

Cierra Burdick added a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Isabelle Harrison 11 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, which had to rescue the victory after allowing LSU (18-10, 7-8) to tie the score with 3:28 to go.

"We had our pride at stake," said LSU forward Theresa Plaisance, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds. "It just took a lot of heart and determination."

Trailing by 42-21 at halftime, LSU managed to make the game far more competitive over the final 20 minutes, and Tennessee helped by turning the ball over 11 times in the half.

Plaisance, who'd started 2 of 10 form the field, hit a pair of 3s early in the second half, the first capping a 7-0 run to start the period.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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